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Review by Alex Young at Milieu
Sevensy - Music for Blank Film (released on Mahorka) is comprised from a set of themes that blend various styles and sounds, to produce a 20 minute imaginary film soundtrack. Each theme is constructed from a handful of a looped phrases that form the backbone, then with improvisation to explore other ideas and nuances. Like a film, transitions may be stark and highly contrasting, or gradually blended so youre unable to tell where one theme begins and another ends.
Sevensy uses Orb-like electronic sounds in places, mixed with guitars and heavily processed but live drums. Theres silence in the middle, that slowly unfolding into an unusual soundscape. Eventually, a looped melody plays, and other looped rhythmic elements are introduced. Sevensy shifts melodies and rhythms more quickly as the piece approaches the end, as if concluding and resolving themes.
Whether or not Sevensy was influenced by 90s ambient music like The Orb or not, I find this works well with his choice of non-electronic instrumentation and composition techniques. Unlike most blockbuster films, Sevensy chooses not to resolve the piece in a grand and obvious event, but instead seems to leave the piece open. This is quite powerful, because as the track drifts off into memory after it has ended, it keeps your imagination working.
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